Hi everyone! I'm a new member, but I've been engaged in Maine politics for years.
So, I assume nearly everyone here is opposed to Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November. The Maine Heritage Policy Center put out a white paper basically summarizing, I think, the conservative stance on the topic: 1) it's too expensive and 2) we'd be helping people who can help themselves.
I'm conflicted on this issue. I think MHPC brought up some good arguments, but it ignored some opposing evidence. First, we pretty much end up paying for the uninsured anyway. Why not offer them some primary care services to try to prevent more expensive emergency room costs? Second, I think it's unfair to demonize the potential beneficiaries of expansion. Are there some lazy, entitled assholes among them? Of course, but policymaking shouldn't be guided by the exceptions to the rule. Most of them work or have a debilitating condition or injury. Many are caregivers for their parents or young children. Some are working their way up to self-sufficiency, but haven't yet pulled themselves out of minimum wage territory.
So what say you? Where am I going wrong?
Thanks, and I look forward to the discussion!